Woodchuck nest caused car fire in Steamboat
May 18, 2017
Steamboat Springs — Firefighters suspect a nest built by a woodchuck caused a car to catch fire Thursday.
Shortly after 4 p.m., Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters were called to the Steamboat Today parking lot where a 1993 white Toyota 4Runner was on fire.
The driver had just picked up the car at a ranch, where it had been sitting for awhile. The driver was taking it to get registered when the fire started in the engine compartment.
The driver was able to pull over and get out of the car uninjured.
People in the area helped knock down the fire with extinguishers.
While responding to the fire, firefighters learned a woodchuck was seen fleeing the scene.
There were conflicting reports that the woodchuck might start additional fires because it was also on fire.